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BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine Paperback – August 8, 2006
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"Bitch" magazine - insightful, educational, hilarious - has been exploring "feminist response to pop culture" for the past decade and, at long last, several essays from the magazine have been collected into a book. The advent of "Bitchfest" is a blessing: the earliest issues of "Bitch" are nigh impossible to find anywhere due to the magazine's non-glamorous beginnings at a copy shop in the Bay Area (no glossy, Midtown Manhattan celebrity-laden launch for Bitch -- and we're all the better for it). I'm glad to finally have the opportunity to read some of the earliest essays.
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How cool is it that some of my favorite essays are together at last? From Lori Tharp's well thought out rant on the absence of black characters from contemporary sitcoms to the snarky and oh-so-funny "Ten Things to Hate About JANE" (a dead-on critique of JANE magazine), each essay proves how all-pervasive pop culture has become, and why feminist thought can not afford to ignore it.
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"Bitchfest" also succeeds as a critical history of the feminist movement - one of the most incisive pieces in the book discusses the disconnect that occured when the feminist movement (at various times in its history) refused to single any one person out to be the "spokesperson" (for lack of a better word) for the movement. The result? The media anointed their own person, leading to infighting and yes, even pettiness that showcases the frustrations that can arise while trying to promote an egalitarian movement in a sensationalistic, media-controlled world.
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What I really like about Bitch Magazine, more so than Bust, is that the articles are more theoretical and erudite. I don't consider them dry, but I am WS educator and view BM as more a cutting edge zine that demonstrates the various feminist strands that exist today in the 3rd Wave, No Wave era of the feminist movement.
Buy this book! Subscribe to the zine for thoughtful, well-written articles about all sorts of issues.
After that plug, let me just say that I don't always agree with the essays. Some will definitely leave you with that sense that you want to grab a coffee with a friend and hammer out some of your thoughts.
They wrote in the Introduction to this 2006 collection, “The mid- to late ‘90s saw the rise of so-called postfeminism… now, all of a sudden, there were books about postfeminism, references to it in film and literary criticism, even an entire website called the Postfeminist Playground where a group of women wrote about sex, culture, and relationships from a standpoint that assumed a world where the gains of feminism were unequivocal and its goals roundly met… The term was (and still is) an insult to the legacy of feminism… But postfeminism can exist only in a postsexist world, and we’re not there by a long shot. If we were, feminism wouldn’t still have this persistent image problem… we found it ridiculous and enraging that such simple concepts---that women deserve equality, that gender shouldn’t determine the course of our lives, and that the world we live in is often arranged in a way that does not serves these goals---freak people out so much. And the sparks of indignation we felt ignited a burning need to correct the record about what both women and feminism can and should be. That indignation is a big part of why we chose to call the magazine B_tch.” (Pg. xx-xxi)
Some of the writings included: “Sister Outsider Headbanger: On Being a Black Feminist Metalhead”; “The, Like, Downfall of the English Language”; “What Happens to a Dyke Deferred?Read more ›
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Lisa Jervis is the founding editor and publisher of this magazine; Andi Zeisler is a cofounder, and its current editorial/creative director. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven H Propp
For me as an academically unpolished English reader the book was a clear, well organized and fun lecture. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Flora Pudelkova
I am a woman, and used to like Bitch.
But even I have my limits. After enough years, issue after issue of uncompromising anger and judgement turned even me off. Read more
But it is still opening the mind and heart with it's stories and crossing bridges...i am going to refrain from specifics until I read more of it.Published on December 17, 2013 by onegirlpedals
You will find yourself explained here, your friends, and learn about new perspectives you may have only passively heard about.Published on August 8, 2013 by Megan
I very much enjoyed reading these essays again. Even though time could have made them a little less relevant, I find that is not the case. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by violetcherry
every magazine must hope for when showcasing its best work. Thoughtful and far-reaching with enough light-hearted stuff to make it amusing bedtime reading... Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by E. Jahneke
I bought this book because I've read a couple issues of Bitch Magazine and have been pretty impressed so far. Read morePublished on December 25, 2011 by B.E.